Things to see & do near our cosy Welsh cottages on the West Coast of Wales
You won’t be short of something to do during your stay with us. A perfect family holiday, whether you want to make the most of the great outdoors, head down to the coast for a spot of beach fun or indulge in the Welsh culture and history. Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales offers some of the most unspoilt beaches in Europe. There’s an array of small quiet beaches and coves to explore and stunning coastal villages including Tresaith and Llangrannog. Visit the classic seaside town of New Quay where the film about the life of Dylan Thomas, 'The Edge of Love', starring Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller, was filmed. Take a boat trip from the pier to discover the unique marine life in the bay, including seals and dolphins.
Aberaeron is also well worth a visit. This picture-perfect coastal town, largely designed by John Nash, boasts colourful Georgian houses and an unspoilt natural harbour, ideal for crabbing from the quay-side, or enjoy a bite to eat in one of Wales's finest restaurants – The Harbourmaster.
Our properties are ideally located to make the most of the great outdoors – enjoy the fresh sea air of Cardigan Bay or the peace and quiet of the Cambrian mountains. There are plenty of maps and guide books available for your use in the holiday cottage.
Here are some links to access information about what to see and do in the area, which we believe would be useful during your stay with us:
The unofficial cultural capital of Wales, Aberystwyth, is just 30 minutes drive away – it's home to the National Library of Wales, which has a copy of every publication ever printed in the British Isles. Aber, as it's known locally, also has a vibrant Arts Centre and gallery on the university campus.
Strata Florida abbey, the Coracle centre on the river Teifi in Cenarth, and the 18th century Welsh gentry estate of Llanerchaeron are just a few of the cultural delights you’ll find in the ancient county of Ceredigion. Nearby Lampeter is the county's second university town – home to the oldest degree-awarding institution in Wales and England after Oxford and Cambridge. With its lively culture, and the prominence of the Welsh language in the area, you'll truly experience the unique culture of Wales in Ceredigion.
Welsh gold is becoming is extremely rare so take home a souvenir for life from Celtic jewellery maker Rhiannon at the Welsh Gold Centre in Tregaron. There’s an extensive art gallery and shop with Welsh gifts and crafts. West Wales is renowned for its wool – a trip to the Welsh Woollen Museum at Dre-fach Felindre will give you an insight into this ancient Welsh industry.
The museum shop is full of fabulous throws, cushions of every colour and even some large woollen sheep! Or why not step back in time with a trip on the Teifi valley steam train at Newcastle Emlyn.
Food & Drink
West Wales has an enviable source of great quality produce including Rachel’s organic dairy produce, Welsh Black beef, Sewin, Caws Cenarth cheese and Welsh Cawl (a traditional chunky soup). You can savour some of the most natural flavours of the area and travel through breathtaking countryside by following the Ceredigion Taste Trail. Details of the trail are available at http://tastetrailwales.co.uk/en .
You’ll never be short of an ice-cream shop and there are some fabulous home-made ice-creams around too, including honey ice-cream from the Hive on the Quay, Aberaeron and Italian ice-cream at La Calabria in Ffostrasol.
On arrival you’ll find a selection of kitchen staples waiting for you, together with some home-made cakes or freshly baked home made bread using locally milled flour from Felin Geri. There’s a convenience store just a few miles away and a Sainsbury's and Co-op in the town of Lampeter, a 15 minute drive away. Both Tesco and ASDA do online deliveries to the property should you wish.
Supermarkets / Shops
Blaencamel Organic Farm Shop, Cilcennin, Lampeter, SA48 8DB 01570 470529 Facebook @blaencamelfarm Open 7 days a week, 09:00 -17:00
Cherry Picked Farm Shop, Sarnau, Llandysul, SA44 6QT 07788 544905 Facebook @siopffermcherrypicked Open 7 days a week
Watson & Pratts Organic Farm Shop and Bakery, Unit 23, Lampeter Industrial Estate, Tregaron Road, Lampeter, SA48 8LT 01570 423099 Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 09:00 – 17:30, Sat 09:00 – 17:00, Sun Closed
Sainsbury’s, Market Place, Lampeter SA48 7DS 01570 463600 Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 07:00 – 22:00, Sun 10:00 – 16:00
There’s an excellent selection of eateries in the region, from waterside pubs to remote country houses, including one of the most popular restaurants on the west coast of Wales – The Harbourmaster in Aberaeron. Here is a list of favourite restaurants and pubs in the area – don't forget to book in plenty of time, especially at weekends!
Harbourmaster Hotel, Aberaeron 01545 570755 Award winning hotel and restaurant. Almost impossible to book a table for a week-end but bar meals are great.
The Cellar, Aberaeron 01545 574666 Restaurant and Bar situated on the harbour. The Food Awards Wales overall winner for Best Restaurant in Wales 2019.
Summer Grill, Arosfa, 8 Cadwgan Place, Aberaeron 01545 570033 01545 570120 Offers a selection of steaks, fish and tapas. Opens for evening meals from 5:30pm
The Hive on the Quay, Aberaeron 01545 570445 Local seafood and Welsh ingredients. The honey ice cream is a must. Wales The True Taste award winners in 2011.
Y Talbot Hotel, Tregaron 01974 298208 Great for lunch or dinner. Nice pub and freshly cooked food making the most of local ingredients.
Falcondale Hotel, Lampeter 01570 422910 Glorious setting and good home cooked food.
The Hungry Trout, New Quay 01545 560680 Locally caught seafood a speciality with great views from the window table
Blue Bell Deli and Bistro, South John Street, The Pier, New Quay 01545 560444 Newly opened. Good local food and stunning views.
Ship Inn, Tresaith 01239 810380 Focus is on local seafood but many other options available.